May 31, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump said on Thursday a tariff of 5% would be imposed on all goods coming from Mexico, increasing gradually each month until reaching 25% on Oct. 1, unless Mexico takes immediate action to curb illegal immigration.

Mexico's president said on Friday he would respond with "great prudence" to threats by his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump to slap tariffs on Mexican goods entering the United States, and called on Mexicans to unite to deal with the challenge.

Shares of major Asian automakers and suppliers tumbled on Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to slap tariffs on imports from Mexico from next month, potentially upending a decades-old business model of global manufacturers.

Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe and acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan held talks on Friday at an Asia security summit in Singapore, a meeting the Pentagon said was "constructive and productive," amid heightened tensions between the two countries over trade and security.

North Korea executed its nuclear envoy to the United States as part of a purge of officials who steered negotiations for a failed summit between leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, a South Korean newspaper said on Friday.

Pope Francis urged Romania's leaders on Friday to shun personal interests and work together for the common good, arriving in the former communist country amid political upheaval caused by a corruption scandal.

President Donald Trump is likely to wade into Britain's Brexit turmoil during a visit to London next week in which he will also tell outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May that her successor should ban Huawei from building 5G networks.

Missouri could become the only U.S. state without a legal abortion provider on Friday as its only abortion clinic could lose its license to perform the procedure unless a St. Louis judge intervenes.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday he was pushing to get the U.S. Congress to ratify the new North American trade agreement this summer after both Canada and Mexico signaled they are ready to start the approval process.

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A group of 1,036 migrants that crossed the border illegally El Paso, Texas, is the largest the Border Patrol has ever encountered, the agency said Thursday.

After 20 rounds and more than three hours, the 92nd Scripps National Spelling Bee opted for co-champions instead of one true winner. Just after midnight on the east coast, the eight spellers were named co-champions in what announcers described as the spelling bee that could "change everything." Each of the winners will still be given a Scripps Cup and the $50,000 cash prize.

John Bolton on Thursday declared that recent US actions against Iran had proved an effective 'deterrent' against further attacks on America and its allies in the Gulf Region.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence called on Canada to do more to engage directly with Cuba over what Pence called the island nation's "malign influence" on Venezuela's political crisis.

Iraq repatriated to Turkey on Wednesday 188 children of Turks accused of belonging to the Islamic State group, a capital offence in Iraq, the judiciary said.

A car bomb targeting a U.S. convoy exploded early Friday in an eastern Kabul neighborhood leaving seven Afghan casualties, police said. It was the second suicide attack in as many days to rattle the Afghan capital.

Saudi Arabia on Wednesday sought to rally support among Islamic nations against arch-rival Iran, demanding "firmness" over attacks on Gulf oil facilities ahead of three summits as regional tensions soar.

Russia has rejected an Iranian request to buy S-400 missile defense systems, concerned that the sale would stoke more tension in the Middle East, according to two people with knowledge of the matter, including a senior Russian official.

The U.S. Defense Department is seeking new federal funds to bolster domestic production of rare earth minerals and reduce dependence on China, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, amid mounting concern in Washington about Beijing's role as a supplier.

BBC

The US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) group says it has unintentionally killed more than 1,300 civilians in Iraq and Syria since 2014. The coalition said it had carried out 34,502 strikes since its air campaign against IS began there nearly five years ago. A UK-based monitoring group says the true toll is much higher, up to nearly 13,000 civilian fatalities.

Louisiana's Democratic governor signed a highly restrictive new abortion law that bans the procedure after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

The talks in Norway between government and opposition representatives aimed at resolving Venezuela's political crisis have ended without agreement.

A fungus - genetically enhanced to produce spider toxin - can rapidly kill huge numbers of the mosquitoes that spread malaria, a study suggests. Trials, which took place in Burkina Faso, showed mosquito populations collapsed by 99% within 45 days. The researchers say their aim is not to make the insects extinct but to help stop the spread of malaria.

WND

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) on Thursday vetoed a bill which would have pledged the state's six electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote for President of the United States.

We Build The Wall, a nonprofit group, can continue building a wall on private land along the U.S.-Mexico border now that a border city rescinded a cease and desist order.

Researchers the Obama administration funded to assist Common Core's rollout recently found, to their surprise, that under Common Core U.S. student achievement has sunk. The study found not only lower student achievement since Common Core, but also performed data analysis suggesting students would have done better if Common Core had never existed.

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